Punch Drunk Cabaret’s Randy Bailer and Sean Watts welcome Sylvan Lake bassist Teddy Roy as their newest member. The band recently released it’s fourth album, ‘This is a Disturbance’. Photo by Larrie Thomson

Punch Drunk Cabaret welcomes Sylvan Lake bassist as newest member

Teddy Roy plays the stand-up bass for the rockabilly-steampunk band

From a country sound to what is being called “rockabilly-steam punk” a Sylvan Lake rocker has made the switch to Central Albertan band Punch Drunk Cabaret.

Teddy Roy, a bassist from Sylvan Lake, says he knew Punch Drunk Cabaret would be a great fit for him well before he was a member of the band.

He was invited to a show about three years ago and said he knew while taking in the show that if he ever got the chance he wanted to play in the three-piece band.

Roy said he jumped at the chance to play with the band last year as a fill-in.

“They sort of swindled me at first,” he joked. “They didn’t want anyone to know their bassist had left… They must have liked me because the told me I had the gig.”

Punch Drunk Cabaret has released their fourth album, and Roy says he worked with the band through it, and plays the stand-up bass on the album.

The return to the stand-up bass has been a welcome change for Roy, who says he didn’t really get the chance to play it with his former band Boom Chucka Boy.

“[With Boom Chucka Boy] we were sort of steered away from rockabilly and more into country… And record companies weren’t fan of the stand-up bass at that time,” said Roy.

Punch Drunk Cabaret’s fourth album, ‘This is a Disturbance’ was released on May 11 and uses a lot of the stand-up bass, according to Roy.

The sound from this band is a little “harder” than what Roy performed with Boom Chucka Boy.

When it comes to the steampunk edge to the music, Roy says it is hard to describe.

“Steampunk music is hard to describe, because it can really be anything.”

Roy gave the example of a steampunk band he met at a festival whose musical genre was rap.

“We kind of use the term loosely, but steampunk is the mix of the old and new, and I think we do that pretty well,” Roy said.

On stage the band members, which include Randy Bailer and Sean Watts, portray the steampunk look with a almost Victoria-edge complete with top hats and goggles.

As a Sylvan Laker, Roy hopes to bring the band to Town and grow the following. Already the band’s is popular in Hanna and Camrose.

Roy had always wanted to play in Sylvan Lake with Boom Chucka Boy, particularly at stage at Shake the Lake, but never got the chance.

Now he is hoping to bring his new band to his hometown.

“I think we would be perfect for Shake the Lake. We would love to play the festival.”

Punch Drunk Cabaret will soon be releasing its first music video from the latest album.

The fourth album by Punch Drunk Cabaret, complete with bass lines from Roy, is now available at Sunrise Records in Red Deer. It can also be found at Sunrise Records at the West Edmonton Mall and Chinook Mall in Calgary.



megan.roth@sylvanlakenews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Eckville expanding fibre optic cable to more Town-owned buildings

Town Council met for a regualr meeting on Aug. 13

Eckville Jamboree around the corner

The annual dance and country music event will be held Aug. 24-26

PHOTO: Fire Chief’s service recognized

Eckville Fire Chief Stuart Carde was honoured for his years of service

Eckville Elementary teacher advocates positive mental health for young children

Jaleesa Grzech has written a series of books to help children deal with anxiety and stress

Eckville strategically preparing for cannabis legalization

Town Council has begun to strategically implement a plan to deal with the legalization of cannabis.

Canadians fear for relatives trapped amid flooding in Indian state of Kerala

More than 800,000people have been displaced by floods and landslides

Fast food chains look to capitalize on vegetarian, vegan trend with new items

Seven per cent of Canadians consider themselves vegetarians and 2.3 per cent identify as vegans

Buccaneers pillage Calgary Wolfpack 38-13 in AFL semifinal

Bucs’ looking to take down Monarchs for the AFL Championship

‘Hard on water:’ Smoke not the only long-range effect of wildfires

The project began more than 10 years ago after southern Alberta’s 2003 Lost Creek fire

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to march in Montreal’s Pride parade

Trudeau will end the day in his home riding of Papineau

WATCH: Pioneer Days runs all weekend at Sunnybrook Farm

Red Deerians brave the smoke to celebrate Sunybrook’s biggest event

Ride to Reynolds Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin

Smoky but awesome event celebrates everything ‘motorcycles;’ open Sat. Aug. 18 to 4 p.m.

Canadians believe in immigration but concerned about asylum seekers: study

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada paid for study to understand Canadian attitudes

Most Read